Range Report: 1940s S&W "Snub Nose" M&P (Pictures)


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The Real Hawkeye
November 15, 2006, 06:04 PM
Just got back from the range. Took a few pictures. The gun certainly proved reliable and potentially deadly. Fired 150 rounds without a hitch.
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Slow fire single action was fine. It could put them about where I aimed them at seven yards, as seen in the picture below.
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Even out to 30 yards this old gun could ruin someone's day with carefully aimed single action shots, as seen in this picture.
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The only problem I had was in rapid fire double action shooting. My first attempts at this were done with the Tyler T-Grip installed. What kept happening was that the first shot would go where I aimed, and each of the remaining five would cluster a few inches higher. What was happening is that the recoil from the first shot would rock the gun back in my grip, altering its position in my hand such that it hit high. Here's a picture of a typical target at seven yards when using the Tyler T-Grip and firing rapid fire double action. All rapid fire double action shooting was done at seven yards.
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So then I tried removing the Tyler T-Grip to see if that helped. Nope. Same exact result. Here's a typical target from when I had no T-Grip installed and shot rapid fire double action at seven yards.
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My impression is that, with the right aftermarket grips, this gun would be a real double action shooter, but as is, it is not wonderful, at least for me. Needs some grips that will keep it from rocking back from the first round's recoil. Otherwise, I loved the gun, and enjoyed shooting it. Recoil was insignificant compared to the 1911 .45 ACP that I am used to shooting. Could shoot this gun all day without a problem. Admittedly, I didn't try any +P loads, though.

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Shear_stress
November 15, 2006, 06:30 PM
Great shooting with a great gun. Should go a long way toward disproving the myth that snubbies are intrinsically inaccurate.

Jim March
November 15, 2006, 06:33 PM
I would practice with standard pressure loads in that ol' baby but it should be able to handle mild doses of Remington 158+P lead hollowpoint. That would be my preferred load in that gun.

The Real Hawkeye
November 15, 2006, 06:45 PM
I would practice with standard pressure loads in that ol' baby but it should be able to handle mild doses of Remington 158+P lead hollowpoint. That would be my preferred load in that gun.Didn't that used to be called the "FBI load?"

ugaarguy
November 15, 2006, 06:55 PM
Thanks for the excellent range report. Very nice shooting there as well. On the grips you might consider leaving them as is. A larger more target type grip will diminish the gun's carryability. In it's current configuration your targets show that your snubbie M&P is more than "combat accurate". You've got a heck of a carry revolver there sir.

CSA 357
November 15, 2006, 07:28 PM
looks like you found a nice smith snuby, a buddy of mine had one like it it was nickel i always liked it , no i couldnt talk him out of it! *csa*

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